There are certain core principles, regardless of the profession or course of action, that have proven to create success when followed. Other skill sets may need to be developed, but sticking with these solid principles will lend to your success. Use these as guideposts in your own success journey and check in on them regularly and ask yourself – Am I following these principles on a daily basis? These principles are:
Show Up Daily Be Consistent Control Your Attitude Have a Non Negotiable, Burning Desire Be Willing to Pay the Price Have Faith
Let’s take a look at each one. Show Up Daily – sounds simple enough, right? After all, if you are employed in a job, in order to get paid, you have to show up, right? So why would it be different in a business of your own? If the “Open” sign is not visible on the “door” for your would be customers, they will continue on and find someone else. Award Winning Playwright Woody Allen is known for saying – “80% of success is just showing up.” How are you doing with this in your business? Are you there, each day; working in and on your business; doing the actionable ? Before moving on to the other principles, make sure you are solid on this one. Be Consistent – much like showing up, it sounds simple enough. And yet, with an online business, many people can fall into the trap of thinking they are working on their business, when really they are just playing out in social media. Focus on taken steps each day – blogging, marketing your content, engaging with real people in social media and building trust and relationships. Don’t fall into the trap of looking at each days results and measuring your success on that. Behind the scenes things are happening every day. People are watching you, and yet you have no clue at this point. They are watching for your consistency and to be sure you are really “in” and committed to the game. Don’t disappoint them. Control Your Attitude – it’s easy to think that as long as we are taking action and doing the tasks of building the business that it doesn’t matter what we are thinking internally, or how our attitude is. But, this is wrong thinking. People sense where you are in terms of your belief, commitment and general thinking. I’m sure you can remember a time when you met up with someone having a really bad day. Maybe they didn’t even say a word, but you could feel it. Remember, you control your thoughts, your feelings and your actions. Start each day with a routine that gets your attitude off on the right track! Have a Non Negotiable, Burning Desire – it’s one thing to be extremely talented in whatever it is you are pursuing; and it is another to have a deep, burning desire. I’ll take the person with the deep desire any day. You may recall the movie “Rudy” about the Notre Dam football player who walked on tried out, and ultimately made the team, and went on to play a pivotal role in a championship game. He overcame extreme challenges because of his goal and desire. Does that mean he never felt like quitting? Sure he did, and in fact, he did quit the team once when he wasn’t on the roster to dress out for game day. But, a solid mentor chastised him and got him back on track. Have a mentor, if you need one, to steer you the right way when you feel off track. Be Willing to Pay the Price – the only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary. Give yourself time. This is not the lottery. Anything worth having is worth working for. Take some time to listen to entrepreneurs from all walks of life and much of their story is the same – idea, work, struggle, failure, work, failure, and then ultimately success. If you just stick with something long enough, you will have success. Results come last, after putting in the time and sweat equity. If this were not the case, everyone would be rich and successful…and thin, right? There is a price to be paid for every success, and it is so worth it. Have Faith – you have to believe in what you are pursuing with your whole heart. Even when there are setbacks and disappointments, you must believe that success will be yours. See it, speak it, and talk about it as if your goal is already met. Know that there is not any challenge that can’t be overcome when you employ the 5 other principles listed here. Faith is imperative. Believe it into existence. So, there you have the 6 principles that will ensure your success. Easy to do, easy not to do. Which will it be for you?